Thursday, February 07, 2008

Movie Review: Evano Oruvan

Ho-Hum.
Has anyone seen the Marathi original 'Dombivilli Fast'? How do the two movies compare? The only good thing about this movie was that it had no songs. There is a segment where he talks about 'meganical' life and supression of talent, which was slightly interesting. I did not like the movie because the character leaps from a semi-'realistic' character to a psychotic character a little too quickly. Agreed, that this 'leap' need not require a mega-event to happen. However, it needs the director to convincingly show the metamorphosis. That was missing. Maybe some deeper look into history of madhavan's honesty obsession would have helped rather than a few sprinkled in anecdotes. I ended constantly feeling that the character was over-reacting to small issues rather than genuinely indulging in 'psychotic' behavior.
Damil movies will become dumeel movies if they continue to
(a) Take up 'honest raj' kind of subjects again and again and again and again. All subjects/stories surrounding nermai, ganniyam, kattupadu, responsibility, social duty, anti-corruption have already been taken. There is very little scope for offering something new here that is not boring. Gaptun has beaten this vigilante genre to death. It has become terribly boring now. We know India is corrupt and corruption is internalized. Summa bore adikaathengaba.
(b) Botch up Brahmin Thamizh dialect and various other dialects. Manirathnam makes poor attempts at reproducing Thirunelveli dialects. Kamalagasan and many others screw up kongu dialects. Most of tinseldom sodhappifies iyer vootu thamizh. The subtle nuances of these dialects cannot be 'asalta' reproduced. I have not seen a movie that has done a decent job of this. Madhavan plays an brahmin character that speaks the dialect worse than what Vikram did in Anniyan.
This movie came with very good reviews. So I thought it might be interesting. But I was dissapointed. A couple of scenes were 'moving' but it was not 'realistically taken' and all that crap. The inspector character, with a funny voice, was constantly over-concluding and over-assuming stuff about Madhavan without enough data. Somehow it is hard for me to take Madhavan seriously. He did a decent job in 'kannathil muthamittal'. But his Thamizh is not convincing enough. Maybe thats because he has a hindi accent. Off-screen, he comes off as a sincere guy. But I see some perception issues with his on-screen sincerity. There is some strong pretentiousness about him when he plays serious roles.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

This post is just another assualt at your readers.

a)Somehow it is hard for me to take Madhavan seriously. He did a decent job in 'kannathil muthamittal'. But his Thamizh is not convincing enough. Maybe thats because he has a hindi accent. Off-screen, he comes off as a sincere guy. But I see some perception issues with his on-screen sincerity. There is some strong pretentiousness about him when he plays serious roles.

Badilu: who cares what you think? Kannathil muthanital is the worst "serious" role by madhavan. A pathetic attempt to be a Pseudo-Sujatha. huh!

b)Botch up Brahmin Thamizh dialect and various other dialects.

Badilu: You forgot Gamalhaasum.

c)Manirathnam makes poor attempts at reproducing Thirunelveli dialects.

Badilu: if only that was his USP. Puhusa yedavudhu yosi. Like our damilu rahaman says 'Eh Mathi yosi'. Mani always gets his dialects wrong..

d)Kamalagasan and many others screw up kongu dialects.

Badilu: meeru best andi...baaga chepinaaru. haha That all important blanket statement that you pull off so easily ..are you trying to act like a neutral by making up that statement? We know you are a Kamal fan..Enough, no more playacting (like your idol)..btw Go get yourself few Kongu nanbargal, they'll tell you that it's the last thing that bothers them about kamals films...its few other undesirable things..

and the last gem of a statement,
Madhavan plays an brahmin character that speaks the dialect worse than what Vikram did in Anniyan.

wow..now you are playing it to the crowd..what are you? a media whore? Is this your pathetic attempt at sounding all sensational..of course Madhavan's tamil sucks (and so is his acting at moments)..bt u exaggerate this weakness...But what a *dumbfuckery* to compare that to the worst yet?even Y G Mahendran cud do better than Ambi,thambi..

Hawkeye said...

anon,

"who cares what you think? "

funny sentence dont you think? obviously you care.

i conclude that anonymous commentors are stupid

Anupadmaja said...

Oh this is what you meant by pretentious. He is not a natural actor in tamil, and it shows. Pretentious sounded like something else so i disagreed the other day.

Raja said...

hawk,

I think anon is supporting you. I read through his comment and most of his points are in support. You no appreciating him at all.

Mani always gets his dialects wrong..

of course Madhavan's tamil sucks (and so is his acting at moments)..

Sarang said...

@hawkeye
I haven't seen Evano Oruvan or Dombivilli fast for that matter. The story is very similar to Falling Down and I liked Falling Down, I have a feeling Im ight decide on the movie even before it starts. Regarding the dialects, I guess, as melodrama is over-'sothappified' so is use of Brahmin/Kongu/Any dialect.....

RA said...

The only big name in tamil cinema who can do the brahmin accent is Kamal..being born in an iyengar household,its natural..i thought hemamalini did a good job of it in hey ram..but then shes a tambram too..the other ones that come to mind are delhi ganesh,poornam viswanathan,charuhasan..all brahmins i guess..well u get the drift..i guess its best left to the experts..i know madhavan is an iyengar too..but he grew up in the north..may be thats why he can't do it well.like most tamils who grew up in the indhi speaking world.

funny though,i always thought kamal did an excellent job of the kongu dialect in sathi leelavathi..i have to confess that I have'nt come across much of kongu tamil..i probably assumed that being the perfectionist he is,he would've done his homework.

I said...

Ippo enna, non-Brahmins should be banned from the industry engiraya? Nalla ide dhan. Madhavan is an iyengarn you should like him regardless of anything else.

MLC said...

u're rite abt madhavan's accent .. evn in nala-dhamayanthi it sounded funny! and this movie (evano oruvan) kooda, he was ok (ovr actng konjam) nu thoniththu.. & kannathil..was easily his best but only aftr his 'cute boy' role in alaipaayudhey;-)!

krishnan said...

Madhavan's Tamil sucks in general. Not just his Brahmin Tamil dialect.

Now, coming to Mr. Kamalhassan. I'm yet to see someone who could speak the Kongu dialect so fluently and convincingly like Kamal did in Sathi Leelavathi. May be Mani Vannan to some extent. Kamal's kongu tamil was not the best - but it was the closest attempt. And it was not just his language in that movie. His body language, his attitude - it was Coimbatore gounder personified. I've been living in Coimbatore for quite some time now and I can vouch for this fact. :) JMHO.

Jillu Madrasi said...

where can I get Marathi Dombivilli fast? who is in it?

I have word of advice for people going to Bombay. never take virar Fast.Never!

Jillu Madrasi said...

Oh BTW, I think Madhavan ends up sounding like a madrasi when he speaks Hindi too. So maybe choclate boy can't get **ANY** accent right.

Ref: Anbe Sivam:

Mera (?)pass credit card hai ...

Anonymous said...

Jillu Madrasi,

That reference is absurd. I dont think he intended to speak proper hindi in that role.
Watch him in Tol mol ke bol or some of his other old hindi serials. His hindi is as good as any other hindi actor.

-Prabhu

Hawkeye said...

anu,

i also think he is a kamal wannabe! or a manirathnam wannabe!.

raja,

this one anonymous should be preserved for research.

sarang,

i should check out falling down.

ra,krishnan,

i usually dont like kovai sarala. but she did a fantastic job in that movie.

I,

nee irukkiye.

mlc,

i liked KM more than AP :-) itha sonna ellarum sandaikku varuvanga.

jillu,

i dunno how you will watch it. ask a marathi friend. i just know this trivia.

krishnan said...

"ra,krishnan,

i usually dont like kovai sarala. but she did a fantastic job in that movie."

Er, I was talking about Kamal Hassan. Not Kovai Sarala?

Hawkeye said...

kicha,

I'm yet to see someone who could speak the Kongu dialect so fluently and convincingly like Kamal did

Deepak said...

Most of tinseldom sodhappifies iyer vootu thamizh.

- Very True. Esp people like Sathyaraj, Manivannan, Parthiban's Iyer aaththu thamizh is *KODUMAI*

Kamalagasan and many others screw up kongu dialects....I have not seen a movie that has done a decent job of this.

- Theliva thaan irukkeengala?
MMKR(Iyer), Meendum Kokila(Iyengar), Sathi Leelavathi(Koundar), Devar Magan/Virumandi(Devar),Thenaali(Sinhalam),Rama Shama Bhama(Dharwad Kannada)..

..innum pala Dialects sollalaam!

Escape.... Great Escape said...

I agree with Deepak. Kamal does great dialects. He is a natural when it comes to that.

Also, I felt Evano Oruvan was a flop show because of the self righteousness... and not because of the thamizh.

ON a different line, the main crib when you are talking about brahmin stereotyping in Thamizh cinema, is that most of them are too self righteous and very straight forward.

I am yet to see a brahmin villain.. (Sathyaraaj has played one twice... in Villadhi Villan and the other movie where he was a lawyer, with srividhya as his wife).